Fun with Dad: Activities to Make this Father’s Day Awesome

Play Golf (or Mini Golf)

It’s hard to go wrong with this family favorite. If you’re in a family of golfers, eighteen holes in the morning make for a great start to your dad’s special day. In a family with small kids or if your dad isn’t the Phil Mickelson type,  a rousing round of putt-putt is always a good choice. Glendale Golf Course, Topgolf, and Fat Cats are all great options if you’re in Salt Lake valley.

Go Fishing

A Father’s Day classic, we love this pastime. It has all the great elements desired for spending quality time with your old man: fresh air, the great outdoors, peace and quiet, and he’ll get to teach you techniques or tricks from his “good old days.” If your dad is the strong, silent type…this is also a perfect time to get him to finally, just maybe open up. For a quick day trip in the Salt Lake City area, check out Holmes Creek Reservoir, Highland Glen Park, or Mabey Pond.


The greatest benefit to taking your father to a baseball game is the afternoon will be low-key, easy, and fun. Purchase tickets to a Salt Lake Bees’ Game here. Or if you are a more hands on family, it’s also a blast to organize your own neighborhood game. Reserve a local park, gather people your dad loves spending time with in your community, and complete the evening with a potluck picnic. It requires a bit more planning and effort than attending a Minor League game, but it will be a memory you won’t soon forget.

Visit an Amusement Park

Sometimes the best gift is a good time. Save your pennies spent on presents your dad will most likely forget in a few months, and allocate those funds instead on doing something different and exciting. Get Air is an indoor trampoline park, Seven Peaks water park is great for the summer heat, and Lagoon is a Utah classic with rollercoasters and carnival games.

Grill or Cook His Favorite Meal

A lot of dads out there consider themselves the household “master of outdoor cooking.” He may be impressed however with all the things he’s taught you over the years. Get dad to take a seat and show him the skills of a new family “flame master.” You also can get some help from local pros if you’re not really that great of a chef…we won’t tell. Sugarhouse Barbecue, R & R Barbecue, and Pat’s BBQ in Salt Lake City all have incredible sides and delicious barbecue.

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